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Featured upload! AnyGameStarter v. 2.1.3 (for CD/DVD games) * UPD 29 Dec 2017

by Numenor Posted 27th Sep 2007 at 9:41 AM - Updated 28th Dec 2017 at 11:28 PM by Numenor
549 Comments / replies (Who?) - 19 Feedback Posts, 6 Thanks Posts
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
This mod is NOT compatible with the Ultimate Collection
If you use the Ultimate collection, please download the AGS v.2.2.0-UC

Collection packs other than Deluxe, Double Deluxe and Holiday Ed. 2005/06 are not supported. If you install the AGS with any other collection pack, you will probably have to uninstall and reinstall all of your games to get back to a working state.

>>> ANYGAMESTARTER <<<
Build your game (and BodyShop!) the way you want it
for testing purposes or nostalgic pleasure!




IMPORTANT - COMPATIBILITY LIST
This AGS version is compatible with any game and expansion on physical CD/DVD.
It support also Store Edition, Deluxe, Double Deluxe and Holiday Ed. 2005/06.
Don't use the AGS with expansions bought online from EA site, the Ultimate Collection or other game editions not listed above

The installer has been tested under Windows 10
(but should work fine with any older Windows version down to XP)
and must be run under an administrator account.


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WHAT'S NEW IN THE LATEST VERSION
  • Version 2.1.3 (29 Dec 2017)
    • Fixed a bug that prevented the AGS to run in a 32bit environment.
  • Version 2.1.2 (27 Dec 2017)
    • FEATURE: The AGS installer now correctly manages both 32bit and 64bit game installations (while previously the installer could run under a 64bit Windows, but couldn't create a working Registry file in such environment).
    • The useless online check for updates has been removed; the AGS now does not require any more an active internet connection.
    • The screen resolutions has been updated to more... modern values (1024x768 / 1280x720 / 1600x900); Bodyshop max resolution is still 1024x768. In order to use these resolutions, some users may need to fix the issue with the Sims2 not recognizing the latest video cards (search Google for a replacement of the "Graphics Rules.sgr" file).
    • The installer, in order to correctly manage some game configurations that include specific stuff packs (H&M, IKEA and K&B) now permanently renames the three mentioned game folders, so to remove any non-standard characters like "®" and "&". This won't affect in any way the normal "full" game.
    • Minor improvements in the internal code and the batch files.
  • Version 2.1.1 (9 May 2009)
    • BUGFIX: The "Replace" function didn't actually delete and replace the AnyGame1 any more (the bug was introduced with v. 2.1.0 and affected only the AnyGame1, while the AnyGames 2 and 3 were correctly replaced).
  • Version 2.1.0 (30 Apr 2009)
    • Introduced the ability to UPDATE existing AnyGames to a different EP configuration, without deleting and replacing the saved AnyGame (neighborhood, sims, downloads, etc.). The option is available only in Standard Mode (not in BGS mode), and only if the update is actually possible (see details in the "How to Use" and "Hints & Tips" sections, below).


WHAT IS THE ANYGAMESTARTER
The AnyGameStarter (in brief: 'AGS') allows to create a temporary test-game (and optionally a test-Bodyshop) including or excluding any Expansion Pack, Stuff Pack and Add-on Packs (among the ones that you own, of course).
Typical usages of the AnyGameStarter include, for example:
  • Set up a game with few (or no) EPs, where to create lots with low (or no) game requirements.
  • Set up mutiple alternate themed Full Games (e.g. medieval, sci-fi etc.), with their own default replacements that don't affect the main game.
  • Set up an alternate game (with or without EP/SP) to play Legacy challenges.
  • Set up a game without Seasons, where to create functional CAS screens.
  • Set up a "base-game only", or a game with an unusual configuration, where to test an object or mod under specific conditions.
  • Set up a game with only one specific EP or SP, so to explore the new objects and features provided by that single pack (ever tried the thrill of running a game with only FFS, CEL and a Xmas pack? Geeeeez! )


HOW TO USE
First off, you have to download the rar attached to this post and extract the installer ("AnyGameStarter_Setup.exe"). I suggest NOT to extract it to the desktop, so to avoid an eccessive clutter: better put the installer in a folder somewhere on your hard disk.
When done, double-click on the "AnyGameStarter_Setup.exe"; you need to double-click on the installer only once: the very first time you run the installer, it will check if your Registry holds the correct path to the Documents folder, and will update all the existing AGS and BGS games making them compatible with Mansion & Garden (if you have it). Then, the installer will create two icons on your desktop:



You won't see any activity from the installer (apparently it doesn't even start...), but you will see the two new icons on your desktop. From this moment on, use the two icons tu run the AGS:
  • use the "Standard" icon to run the normal AnyGameStarter. Click the button below to know more.

  • use the "BGS Mode" icon to activate the special BaseGameStarter operating mode. Click the button below to know more.


Either mode you choose (Standard or BGS), the installer will let you - in addition to create new games - to delete existing games or making them permanent.

NOTE: the AGS installer must be run using an administrator account (the same used to install the full game).

HINTS & TIPS / F.A.Q.
Questions? Doubts? Problems? Click the button below!



HOW TO UNINSTALL
You can either use the Add/Remove Program panel, or run again the AGS installer and choose the option "Delete existing AnyGames" (and then select all the games). When you delete the last mini-game, the AGS is automatically uninstalled anyway.
NOTE: uninstalling the AGS will delete the three AGS games; neither the Full Game nor the PermaGames will be deleted.


CREDITS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Thanks a million to MaryLou for creating most of the icons and the community lot included in the mini-game.
The AGS installer has been created using Inno Setup, the ISTool user interface and a lot of self-learned Pascal coding -


CHANGELOG and HISTORY
It's a long story, but if you're interested, click the button!

Operating System: Windows
Utility Type: CC Managers Miscellaneous
Plugin Type: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
AnyGameStarter_Setup.zip | Description: Version 2.1.1 for CD/DVD Sims2 games (DEPRECATED, but still working with 32bit systems) 2.05 MB 20,069 14th Mar 2009
AnyGameStarter_Setup_2.1.3_x32-x64.zip | Description: Version 2.1.3 for CD/DVD Sims2 games (32bit and 64bit systems) 2.23 MB 367 28th Dec 2017
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Windows Vista/7/8: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\

-or-

4. Place in Program Files: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your appropriate Install folder:
  • Windows XP: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files(x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Origin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Mac: APPLICATIONS FOLDER -> THE SIMS 2 -> TSDATA -> RES -> CATALOG


Need more information?
 
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Instructor
THANKS POST
#526 Old 6th Aug 2015 at 3:41 AM
I started using it recently and it really works perfectly for theme hoods !
I wanted to say thanks, even if you don't log to MTS anymore. We'll miss you.
Test Subject
#527 Old 17th Aug 2015 at 9:01 PM
Can you please update this for Ultimate Collection?
Field Researcher
THANKS POST
#528 Old 10th Sep 2015 at 1:00 AM
Thank you!
Test Subject
#529 Old 29th Nov 2015 at 9:58 PM
Wtf!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

It Ruined My Game It Says Im Running The Wrong Version What The H!?!?!?!?!?!?
Test Subject
#530 Old 28th Jan 2016 at 1:44 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by chris091104
Can you please update this for Ultimate Collection?


It's been a long time since numenor last logged in
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#531 Old 4th Apr 2016 at 3:12 PM
The only way The Sims 2 will run on my computer (Win10) is through the ultimate collection, would absolutely LOVE it if someone would update this program :D. I'd like to play a legacy up to NL only. Although I can deal with adding mods to take care of nuisances for me for now. Please update though!!! :-) Let me edit to leave a thanks and not only a request and also add that this program is great! I've used it in the past for one reason or another, was very useful.
Instructor
#532 Old 30th May 2016 at 2:11 AM
I love this program, and I use it all the time. However, it would be cool if someone could make it use the "Angel & Nurses" unofficial EP from Back Alley Sims ...

I believe in the "Thanks" button and its amazing powers !!!
Scholar
#533 Old 20th Apr 2017 at 7:26 AM
Unfortunately this is complicated and I don't recommend it, it actually messes with your system path files redirects your personal Documents elsewhere which messes up other software.

If you want to change it run any game it's easy done manually by simply changing 1 value in the registry, for a 64bit OS just go to,

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\EA GAMES\The Sims 2

Then go to the string 'EPsInstalled' and change this to whatever EPs your system thinks you have installed.

Example: If you only want to run the Base Game, University, and NL, just change it to

Code:
Sims2EP1.exe,Sims2EP2.exe


Then run the latest EP at the time which would of only been EP2, so you would run, Sims2EP2.exe.

Leave string blank for the Base Game only, and simply just run, Sims2.exe

You get the picture, this is how simple this really is.
Top Secret Researcher
#534 Old 5th Aug 2017 at 4:08 PM
Okay, I seem to have figured out a very easy way to get this to work with 64-bit Windows 10. Simply choose 'Advanced User - Select Directory' upon installation of the game and any packs, and then remove the (x86) from the path. This worked for me as it installed everything into the correct programs directory.

Lab Assistant
#535 Old 1st Nov 2017 at 3:00 PM
If the AGS installer won't do anything to the Full Game and the PermaGames then how do I delete any existing PermaGames (Permanent games)?

I recently encountered a problem with the AnyGameStarter where I had created a Permanent Game, but then deleted the Main Sims 2 folder (which had the FullGame ID) because I had to reset the neighborhood and start from scratch. This then caused the PermaGame 1 to become unplayable and to give an error message about the missing FullGame ID.

I then resorted manually deleting the AnyPermaGames folder because I could not find the option to remove the Permanent Games in the AnyGameSttarter.

I haven't played the Sims 2 for a number of years so once again this is all new to me. I have all Sims 2 Expansion Packs, Glamour Life Stuff, Family Fun Stuff and Mansion & Garden Stuff. I am running the game on Windows 10 Professional (64-bit).
Mad Poster
#536 Old 4th Dec 2017 at 12:38 AM
I just installed, and noticed pathways are changed, AND I can't open my C-drive! I get the pop up "autorun.exe wants to make changes to your computer" and when I click YES it still doesn't open. I have windows 7

Namaste
The ModFather
staff: retired moderator
Original Poster
#537 Old 21st Dec 2017 at 1:54 PM


PEEK-A-BOO!

There's something boiling in the pot....
The ModFather
staff: retired moderator
Original Poster
#538 Old 25th Dec 2017 at 10:07 PM
Attention ULTIMATE COLLECTION users:
a special version of the AnyGameStarter (v. 2.2.0-UC) has been posted
in a separate thread.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Field Researcher
#539 Old 27th Dec 2017 at 8:33 PM
I seem not to be the only one getting the "wrong version" message. I've installed it up to AL, and I put my CD in, and I keep getting the "Wrong version, please run Mansions & Gardens Stuff instead" kind of message. Quite frustrating--any solves?

Currently taking requests for recolors in my standard palette for Sims 2. PM me and we can talk :3
The ModFather
staff: retired moderator
Original Poster
#540 Old 27th Dec 2017 at 9:34 PM
NEW ANYGAMESTARTER VERSION 2.1.2 AVAILABLE!

WHAT'S NEW IN THIS VERSION
  • FEATURE: The AGS installer now correctly manages both 32bit and 64bit game installations (while previously the installer could run under a 64bit Windows, but couldn't create a working Registry file in such environment).
  • The useless online check for updates has been removed; the AGS now does not require any more an active internet connection.
  • The screen resolutions has been updated to more... modern values (1024x768 / 1280x720 / 1600x900); Bodyshop max resolution is still 1024x768. In order to use these resolutions, some users may need to fix the issue with the Sims2 not recognizing the latest video cards (search Google for a replacement of the "Graphics Rules.sgr" file).
  • The installer, in order to correctly manage some game configurations that include specific stuff packs (H&M, IKEA and K&B) now permanently renames the three mentioned game folders, so to remove any non-standard characters like "®" and "&". This won't affect in any way the normal "full" game.
  • Minor improvements in the internal code and the batch files.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
The ModFather
staff: retired moderator
Original Poster
#541 Old 27th Dec 2017 at 9:39 PM
@Deastrumquodvicis - I don't think it will work, but it worth a try: please download the new AGS 2.1.2 and see if the problem is solved. If not, I need to read the LOG file (it's located in Documents\AnyGameStarter\AppFiles). Please zip it and attach it to your post.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#542 Old 28th Dec 2017 at 11:46 AM
I have an error "Can't install files to 64-bit locations...", but i have 32-bit Windows XP. Help!
The ModFather
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Original Poster
#543 Old 28th Dec 2017 at 3:06 PM
@6ATOHbl4 - I'm not sure why this happens; it's hard for me to find a 32bit system to run more tests and it will take some time. But in your case the solution is extremely simple: keep using the previous version 2.1.1 (still available in the downloads section)., that has long proved to work fine in 32bit environments.
Apart from the 64bit compatibility, the new v. 2.1.2 has very little differences with the old 2.1.1.

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
The ModFather
staff: retired moderator
Original Poster
#544 Old 28th Dec 2017 at 11:33 PM
NEW ANYGAMESTARTER VERSION 2.1.3 AVAILABLE!

WHAT'S NEW IN THE LATEST VERSION
  • Version 2.1.3 (29 Dec 2017)
    • Fixed a bug that prevented the AGS to run in a 32bit environment.

Please note that the bug affected only the 32bit systems: 64bit users don't even need to download the new version (unless they like to).
Thanks @@6ATOHbl4 for pointing out the problem. Solving it was easier that expected

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Mad Poster
THANKS POST
#545 Old 30th Dec 2017 at 3:39 AM
Good to see you back!
Be like the 22nd elephant with heated value in space- Bark!
staff: retired moderator THANKS POST
#546 Old 30th Dec 2017 at 12:25 PM
@Numenor Thanks for the updates and for the UC version of AGS! Good to see you back.
Test Subject
THANKS POST
#547 Old 16th Feb 2018 at 7:29 AM
Thanks!
Lab Assistant
#548 Old 25th Feb 2018 at 2:48 AM
Does not work. Upon starting an AnyGame from disc I get this error: There is something wrong in your save-game folders.
The folder "C:\Users\ALEXAN~1\DOCUME~1\AnyGameStarter\AnyGame3\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Double Deluxe" does not exist,
or it's not the one set up by the installer.
The only solution is to run the AnyGame Setup again and reinstall this AnyGame.
However, I've reinstalled it multiple times... Help!

Hello? Nice to meet you. I'm a rather small Sims 2 modder that well, mods (And seems to post a lot on the forums with seemingly with a lot of posts. Or maybe just around 60 but who cares idk how to count well actually I do but that's a story for myself.)

Check out my creations Here!
The ModFather
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Original Poster
#549 Old 25th Feb 2018 at 9:11 AM
I suspect it may be related with the "TM" character contained in the folder name "The Sims™ 2 Double Deluxe" (which is the standard name for the Double Deluxe games). Unfortunately, once I had a Double Deluxe game to test the AGS, but I don't have it any more, so I can't help much.
The only things I can suggest are:
1) when you finish playing the minigame and close it, wait 15-20 before doing anything; if you close the game and immediately start another game, or you do anything involving the Documents folder, the AnyGameStarter might be unable to restore the correct folder paths;
2) the next time you see that error message, open the mentioned folder ( C:\Users\ALEXAN~1\DOCUME~1\AnyGameStarter\AnyGame3\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Double Deluxe ) and check if it contains a file named "AnyGame3.id"; if not, you can create it yourself: just create a new text document with notepad and rename it "AnyGame3.id" (be sure that the extension is ".id" and not ".txt").

I've finally started my Journal. Information only, no questions.

My latest activity: CEP 9.2.0! - AnyGameStarter 2.1.1 (UPD) - Scriptorium v.2.2f - Photo & Plaques hide with walls - Magazine Rack (UPD) - Animated Windows Hack (UPD) - Custom Instrument Hack (UPD) - Drivable Cars Without Nightlife (UPD) - Courtesy Lights (FIX) - Custom Fence-Arches - Painting-TV - Smarter Lights (UPD)


I *DON'T* accept requests, sorry.
Test Subject
#550 Old 2nd May 2018 at 9:37 PM
I'm getting an error that says "Windows couldn't find the file "C:\Program Files(x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2\The Sims 2 Mansion and Garden StuffTSBin\Sims2EP9.exe". Make sure the name is correct and try again." (Not sure about the exact wording since my computer is not in English) The path seems to be missing an "\" and can't find the file.
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